With several states easing their COVID lockdowns, things are starting to look brighter again. While social
distancing and mandatory face mask rules are still set in place, people are going out again. This is
excellent news for businesses who took a severe hit in the past few months. Most businesses used their
time in lockdown conservatively, limiting or shutting down their operations altogether. This is more than
understandable as these folks want to make sure that they and their employees have a business to
return to once the lockdown is over. Some businesses, however, went above and beyond what’s
expected of them and made generous contributions to the community that has been supporting them
This blog will feature some of the food trucks that gave back to the Bay Area that has loved and
supported them during these trying times.
Senor Sisig (@senorsig)
Senor Sisig is as Bay Area as it gets. Having been serving the Bay Area their amazing Filipino-Mexican
delicacies for a decade now, Senor Sisig has established themselves as an institution in the food truck
industry. Recently, they opened their first brick and mortar store in Valencia Street, which was met with
much anticipation by their numerous followers. Not so long after they opened their store, COVID hit and
this severely hit food businesses everywhere – including Senor Sisig. Feeling a deep-seated commitment
to the community that has always been there for them, Senor Sisig has stayed very active in their
outreach programs these past few months. From providing meals to hundreds of frontliners in different
Bay Area cities to empowering POC communities in Oakland, Senor Sisig has shown why they are one of
the most respected players in the game right now. Mabuhay at Salamat!
La Santa Torta
Tell us we’re not the only ones who teared up a bit when they saw that post from La Santa Torta. We
love their birria, but now we can’t help but love them even more. This simple act of genuine generosity
even when businesses are struggling to stay afloat has made them viral. Eater SF, a prominent Bay Area-
based food blog, even featured them on their website.
El Sur Empanadas (@elsursf)
No, we weren’t describing their food. We were describing the people that make up El Sur – San
Francisco’s go-to place for authentic handmade Argentinian empanadas. Their café would always have
people lining up and during Presidio Sundays, their truck would always sell out well before 4 PM. And for
good reason. Their empanadas are always served warm and their ingredients always fresh. They have
been featured prominently in several periodicals and articles, earning constant praise from several food
bloggers in the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, and 7x7 Bay Area. In honor of the service and sacrifice our
medical frontliners have been doing, they delivered boxes upon boxes of their empanadas to them.
Muchas Gracias, El Sur!
If any of you know any other Bay Area food businesses that have been amazingly generous during these
trying times, make sure to let them know that their efforts for the community are noticed and
appreciated. Let’s all hold on to each other, 6 feet apart. Mahalo, Bay Area.